Passing on the Baton

We might compare the Ascension to the passing of a baton from one runner to another in a relay race. On this day, just over 2000 years ago, Jesus passed the baton of his work to Peter, James, and John. They, in turn, passed it on to the people who came after them. They, in turn, passed it on to us. And now it is our turn to pass it on to others.  

Practically speaking, what does this mean? Does it mean going out and preaching about Jesus, as Peter, James, and John did? Does it mean mounting soapboxes in shopping centres and telling everyone about Jesus?  It could mean this for some of us, but for most of us it means something much more basic than this. It means something much more fundamental. It means living out Jesus’ teaching in our own personal lives. 

The way to begin preaching Jesus to the world is to begin preaching Jesus to ourselves. There’s an old Chinese proverb that says:   

If  there is right in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.  
If  there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the home.   
If  there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.  
If  there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.

The way to begin preaching Jesus to the world is to begin living Jesus in our own lives. Once we begin to do this, the message of Jesus will begin to ripple out across the world. And if enough Christians do it, that ripple will turn into a tidal wave, and that tidal wave will change the face of the earth in a way we never dreamed possible.

How well are you fulfilling Jesus’ command to share the good news with others? How have you been challenged to act on the good news in your everyday life?

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